Microsoft is preparing to revive the traditional Start button it killed with Windows 8. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge that Windows 8.1 will include the return of the Start button. We understand that the button will act as a method to simply access the Start Screen, and will not include the traditional Start Menu. The button is said to look near-identical to the existing Windows flag used in the Charm bar.
I teach a community education class. We discuss the start button and start menu. There are people today that are unfamiliar with the Windows 95-Windows 7 (how ironic to enumerate a range by title when the numbers go in descending order) method of finding programs and folders. Literally for fifteen years, people managed to avoid understanding a button and a couple of collapsable folders.
That’s exactly what I would have done with the start button, but I would have taken a different approach with the start menu and start screen metaphor. I’ll get you a mock up in a couple years when Microsoft figures it out.